About the Wine
This is sourced entirely from old vines - one block 50 years old, the other 90 years. There is normally a certain reverence about working with old material, showcasing the natural gravitas of these vines. This is a different type of homage. With an early harvest, 100% whole bunches and only 10 months in oak, this wine shows just how much energy and vitality old vines have to offer us.
It's bright and fresh, with a slippery and refreshing juiciness matched by a low alcohol level. There is plenty of complexity here, and it comes quite naturally too. Raspberries, plums and mulberries (oh my!), with a lovely herbaceous character too, spices and a touch of melted chocolate. It's old school vines made in a new school way.
About Golden Child
Golden Child is the project of father-and-son team, David and James Hamilton. David grows the grapes from his own vineyard in Kuitpo in the southern Adelaide Hills, while son James uses his wealth of winemaking experience to bring the wines to bottle.
Having their own 20+-year-old vineyard gives the Hamiltons enormous flexibility with the wines and allows James to craft some pretty unique offerings. The fruit is all hand-picked, fermented with natural yeasts and crafted together gently and with minimum additions.
The range is wide, colourful and wholly enjoyable - this is a new Hills producer to keep an eye on.